Mar 042010
 

The total number of arrests in in connection with a check fraud and identity theft ring has risen to 109 with the indictment of 27 more people, police announced Thursday.

Those 27 indictments, which were handed down Wednesday, are the “finishing touches” on a joint three-year investigation by the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force and Louisville Metro Police, said Special Agent Paul Johnson, head of the Secret Service’s Louisville field office.

The alleged leaders of the ring — Anthony and Clarence Potter, Michael Barbee, Stefan Harvey and Kenneth Edwards, all of Louisville, were indicted on federal charges in April, and 56 more individuals were arrested in January.

“It’s frightening that we can get over 100 people locked up that are involved in financial fraud, but it’s also an indicator that it’s a big problem,” Johnson said at a press conference Thursday.

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Johnson said 23 banks and 62 businesses — including nonprofits — were affected in Louisville and Southern Indiana and more than 50 people had their identities stolen.

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